Soil-borne diseases of seedlings, lack of sterile growth media for healthy seedling production, and lack of commercial nurseries is a major global issue.
This innovation encourages healthy seedling production and reduction of soil-borne diseases in nurseries and seedling production.
Medium and smallholder farmers
Coconut dust provides an ideal medium in which to grow young seedlings until they're ready to be transplanted. Their lightweight cellulosic structure allows the roots of a seed to establish themselves and at the same time absorb just the right amount of water. Furthermore, when "coco-peat" is added to soil, it improves the soil's texture and structure. Sandy soil becomes more compact, and clayey soil becomes more arable. Most importantly, the medium is more likely to be free from bacteria and fungi.
This innovation is inexpensive and environmentally safe.